posted on Dec, 25 2016 @ 11:58 AM
a reply to: seasonal
Because it's doing what nothing else ever flown has been able to do. It's giving pilots, and pilots of other aircraft a God's eye view of the
battlefield. The more advanced you get, the more it costs, because it's doing more than previous aircraft. The F-35 is doing things nothing else,
not even the F-22 can do. That means money. The costs are dropping right on schedule and are down almost to where they wanted to get them.
Look at the F-16. The first aircraft, built in the late 70s and early 80s, were quite capable and ran $18M a copy. The UAE Block 60/61 Desert Falcon
is the most advanced F-16 ever built, and does far more than the early versions. It cost upwards of $80M a copy. The Iraqi F-16IQ ran somewhere
between $109-165M a copy, depending on the pricing model used.
edit on 12/25/2016 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason given)